A Micro Masters might be the way for the new learner.

College is expensive and tremendously time consuming.  I’m still paying back student loans from my Bachelors degree and at this point in the game who has time to work and go to school?  Loans are forever on your back like a prison number so why would I want to continually go into debt when my skills continue to grow from experience and self learning?

A micro-masters might be the way to go.

Currently, I’m exploring the EdX micro-master series because I prefer their interface and instructional flow.  It can be static learning for some if you don’t immerse yourself into the content to use for practical usage and reflection.

Key Points:

  • YOU MUST APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL SET to develop meaning and sustainable knowledge growth.
  • YOU must be open to relearn, unlearn, and learn.
  • BE creative in your chosen framework, methodology and approach within your learning.
  • YOU should not define success based upon society’s perspective.  This type of learning is 80% self validation AND 20% external.

I say 20% due to the fact you may want your efforts recognized at work.  The best thing that will come out of it is new tools to re-imagine your life and work.

edX MicroMasters has a great array of top knotch universities to choose from for Free Learning or affordable paid credential:

  • University of Michigan
  • Boston University
  • Massachusetts Institute in Technology
  • University of Maryland University College
  • University of San Diego
  • Columbia University
  • The University of Queensland
  • and many more!

WHO can beat the price of $1045-$1200 for a credential that also is equivalent to 8-12 credit hours towards a masters degree!!  Education is changing and learning is at the center point!  I’m willing to experiment, learn, apply, and it’s worth every bit of no debt! Are you? Love to hear your thoughts.

*NOTE:  There’s various educational and learning models to think about when approaching learning.  No path is a requirement towards success.  Success is solely defined by the individual learner.  Be mindful, humble, open, strategic, and compassionate to yourself on your learning journey.*

Currently reviewing MS degrees that will get me to the finish line inexpensively! #lifelonglearner 

Resources and thoughts to think about:

a quick reflection on my day…

Today was a day of tremendous information overload and processing.  My attempt to move past this information overload  is that I’m choosing to experience more than just taking information from the center to my peripheral view.  Hell I live!  I go out explore, interact, take chances, risks, give back thru service, travel, and I’m semi ok with the failing concept.  See many within a dominant culture theory don’t understand the context of the word failure within the African american perspective.  There’s a severe cognitive dissonance of expectation and learning when looking from this extreme lens.   I, being a feminine spirit, that’s creative, and a black queen.. thrive in a world where everything is set up for me to fail (emergence theory).  So when we talk about experimentation..hell I do that every single day I get up and come to work in an environment that’s not shaped within my cultural perspective of being a human being.   Who I am, what I’m shaped from, and my intentions are all purposeful.  Yet within the system,  failure within work culture =  I don’t get projects.  So I have to be exceptional even if the powers of be don’t value what I bring. To be who I am and do what I do I have to be beyond exceptional on every accord.

So back to information overload…I experience life as a self care technique due to me being nerd chic within technology, an avid learning coupled with the creative gift of deep empathy.  I can take on a lot from others if I’m not mindful of my intentions for the day.  I can get easily distracted from the energy people bring to an experience.   So I am very thoughtful (picky) about who I choose to engage in conversation.  Call it how you choose.  I live life as truthful as I possibly can so I’m being honest about avoidance.  lol  It’s real!  It’s even noted as a contingency tactic when developing projects within Project Management Institute (PMI).

With that said, I create many beautiful things with people I don’t like.  Crazy right..or is it?  My main goal in life is always love and understanding.  LOVE=LEARNING.  LEARNING=LOVE.  Learning can happen at anytime, anyplace, and with anyone.  You never know what the universe may send as a messenger.  So I grow through the lessons I receive through this journey.

Currently I’m working through a reflective process with my design partner, Emily.  We’re attempting to wrap our minds around the first iteration of a immersive learning design experiment we just finished up in December.  We also have two other teammates we see once a week Tina and Glenn.  I love them as family.  We’re an eclectic bunch I tell yah!!

So to wrap up my thoughts..my day went like this:

  • got my babies ready for school.
  • made sure bills were paid for the month
  • attended a branding workshop
  • Pitch meeting for blog posts on the Hub website
  • shared some diagrams on Buzz words used within industry and academia
  • asked a whole bunch of questions
  • listened for  a different perspective
  • wrote a bio for an event where I’m the keynote
  • Figured out 4 different learning paths for a course
  • Collaborated on documentation
  • updated a course I’m co teaching.
  • Wrote a proposal for an article on reflection in learning
  • Created specs for image submission for a journal

Then finally the best…attending a event at the Kellogg center for a Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor.

Critique of the day:

  • Don’t shush your Inner VOICE.  It’s who you really are.
  • If people are uncomfortable with your exuberance.  That’s their shit.
  • write and get your thoughts out

Still processing some stuff..oh well.  Just finishing sending emails and scheduling meetings.   My OCD bestie Octavia talks about my inbox every time she looks at my phone.  Lawwdddd..    oh well I’m about to watch the New Edition mini series on BET to relax!!

Until next time.

P.S  I LOVE my life.  (smile)   Still tired as hell though lol

 

Getting over my fear of sharing my narrative …30 day blogging challenge

Last night I woke up in an encapsulated alarm.  My senses were going off as my body pulled upward so I listened for 2 minutes then slowly I grabbed my robe from the foot of the bed.   My mind said, “Get up and work out girl!  Get out all of this unprocessed energy.” so I did.

As I walked down two flights of stairs to my dinning room, I grabbed the latest book of my longing, “The eloquence of the Scribes by Ayi Kwei Armah with a highlighter as I went further down the magical staircase of my loving home to the treadmill in the basement.

I got lost into the narrative of  prose of Ayi Keie Armah. His story moves me in so many dimensions. At some point of time, I can only long to master the art of the narrative.

After my work out was complete, I skipped up hurriedly back to my dinning room to turn on my computer.  In my inbox was A.J Juliiani’s 30- day blogging challenge.  This was a Great challenge to start off the year.  I blog to myself quite often but there was somewhat of a simple view on blogging that he shared that made it more doable.

Why Blogging for me?

  • I just want to create through narrative art.
  • Express my self exploring a new way of writing.
  • Share and exchange with a global audience.

So for me as maybe it is for most…I just want to be free through my writing.

The rules

  • Write 100 words per day, every day for 30 days (you choose the amount)
  • Publish 3 posts per week (again you choose the amount)
  • If you miss a day, pick up where you left off. Don’t make up for lost days.

So Today is my first post.  Let’s see how well I do.  🙂

#mylifeasalearningdesigner

 

A Shift in my Paradigm – On Being more Decisive in everything

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Last week I decided that I am and will continue to be decisive in everything that I do.  I stumbled upon this decision while attending a DISC training within my work group where we all were put into fractions (DISC designations). My apprehension about the whole exercise is that I’m many of these classifications at different times of the day.  I’m quite understanding that these tools can be helpful for some…just not me.  I’d rather understand the individual and create an environment where there’s trust, openness, honesty, and friction..due to the fact I typically create work that grows in emergent environments.  Well.. It’s time to do everything much differently, so I’m embracing my dominate traits and excelling at everything I decide to do. I”M STEPPING OFF THE CLIFF EVERY DAY INTO THE UNKNOWN!

 

In deeper reflection,  I know the way I’ve been living the last three years has to change.  I’m not the same learner, teacher, mother, or friend as I was and the lessons learned from these experiences creates a space for me to share more freely my collective thoughts, visions, and ideas, so its time for my actions to match…it’s time for a shift into mastery.

when-teh-student-is-ready-the-master-appears-aspire-siraj-greogry-penn-insight-sessions2It doesn’t mean that I’ll be the nicest person in the room all the time yet this change allows me  to follow my path with stronger vision, conviction, love, passion and with eloquent fury.

From me to you,

#mylifeasalearningdesigner

 

#thelearningrevolution

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THERE’S A CERTAIN TYPE OF LEARNER…

that loves to learn

that has high regards to their education

that values being in school

that wants to learn to get ahead in life

that believes in certain skills

that loves conformity

that loves standardization

that loves in-person learning

that can take an online course

that can take Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

then there’s learners who value their creativity

they have a deep passion in change

and what they do in life is directly tied into

this passion

they have an entrepreneurial spirit

they don’t wait for anyone’s permission to lead or create

they value exploration

they champion the underdog

they are artists, designers, innovators, activist, scientist, educators, or sociologists

yet they champion the idea that everyone can learn

everyone can be apart of the learning process

learning is a fundamental right of being human

gatekeepers no longer exist

learners decide what they become

their direction is born innately within themselves

educators are guides and facilitators

ecosystems are created through community building

The learners use what they learn to better society

this is the time of creation and innovation

we cannot transform what is and what was

into the future

with the same type of mind

referencing the same type of thinking

diversity becomes a verb, the sword to murder

all the old ways

personal bias is challenged

being empathetic is an asset

It takes a new mind

with a new teacher

with new tools

to shape a new world

So here’s my siren

I’m yelling

screaming

crying

smiling

frightened with what’s ahead

yet I’m here

in it

creating movements …

The revolution begins with re-imagining  our education

The system is dead

Welcome to the new learning revolution

Inspiration:

 

 

 

Gratitude. The building blocks to happiness.

I am grateful for...
a pad with I am grateful for….written on it.

opening my two eyes.

hearing my children loudly getting ready for school in the morning.

my 10 year old daughter who wakes me up at 5:30am so I can exercise.

my oldest daughter without hesitation helps her siblings to get dressed.

my son who wakes up everymorning with a smile on his face and says, I love you mommy.

a safe enviornment that I can provide for my children to grow.

the time I take to open the window in my room to hear GOD work his glory with the sounds of greatness in the morning.

two parents that are still alive that check on me frequently.

having  friends that text me goodmorning or call while I’m driving into work.

choosing to work creatively.

the gift to recognize the real from the fake.

the struggles that I endure.

the happiness I choose.

the opportunity to express my thoughts this monring.

Thank you so much for the love you give me to God.

I give myself to you.

Keesa V.   #mylifeasalearningdesigner

Gratitude quote with flowers

It’s called living your life… Welcome to my new Learning path

I’ve never been the one to live life by another person standards yet growing up, I lived my life for my parents.  All my father wanted from me was to go to school, get good grades, graduate college with no babies.  My mom she had similar dreams such as me becoming a  graduate from Michigan State University because it was something she desired growing up.  She also wanted me to be expressive, a leader, and self sufficientgraphic badge of honor.     All while obtaining these “badges of honor” these skills sets for my parents, there was something shaping me to be who I am within this moment.

As my late Uncle Jr would say, “shiidd everything happens for a reason skinny.” See I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to make your parents proud.   As parents we all want to see our children grow and succeed in ways we never could.  I’ll never fault my parents for wanting my life to be better than their situation so they projected a bit of their desires onto myself.  One lesson I did learn, is that you should allow your children to be their true selves even if you don’t quite understand.  My parents sacrificed so much to see me succeed in life even their own personal happiness but that’s another story.  I’m so blessed to have a close relationship with both my parents in this moment of time.

J.Scott (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXeXV0vgrtY)!

So I graduated from college, married at a very young age, had three brilliant children, investment homes, 4 karat ring etc. even took family vacations twice a year.  Deep inside as I was smiling living the american dream of marriage and being grateful for the experiences I was seeking, yet I knew I wasn’t living MY LIFE the way God envisioned for me. There was something crying out GET IT TOGETHER keesav! LOL  I realized the learning path I had chosen for myself was built upon social constructs created as a false ecosystem of what life should be.    I really didn’t believe in the white picket fences, love at first site, or the dog in the yard.  So I grew up. Then embraced my change.  Over the past three years I have created a new learning ecosystem for my life and started to envision different learning paths of my choice to take, with God by my side.   For a long period in my life I stopped listening to my intuition until I decided to take the chance, step outside this created box and start to live for the first time in my life.   This road hasn’t been easy.  I’m learning so much about simple things in life.  Hell…its been a pretty colorful ride!  See when you’re living in the moment there isn’t a clear smooth road with bells, whistles, and smiles.  Everyone is not going to embrace you because of the different choices you decide to take that doesn’t fit within the box.  Many call it the road less traveled.  It can be a very lonely road…   There’s too much stimulus of not being then there is in being.   Conformity is easy. I tried it.   As Rita Mae Brown states:   

Quote from Rita Mae Brown

Conformity doesn’t work for me.  Doing and Being just like everyone else is not part of my personality.  It just isn’t.

I’m a dreamer.

I was born to make visions come to life!

I’m here to create and shape a new world through learning.

This blog is part of my experiences.

Welcome to my new learning path!

I am light.  @keesav